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Terra cotta floors and antique mirrors give the dining room its taverna personality, backed by a transporting Mediterranean menu of falafel-crusted artichoke hearts; salty halloumi cheese, pan-fried with harissa oil; osso buco of monkfish with sauce Basquaise; and mushroom risotto with pistachio oil. The presentation is rough and ready, but service is pleasingly snappy. The caramel affogato–ice cream served with a pot of steaming espresso poured over the top–should be considered non-negotiable.
Venue name: Olea
Address: 171 Lafayette Ave

Cross street: at Adelphi St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–4:30pm, 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 10am–4:30pm, 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: C to Lafayette Ave, G to Clinton–Washington Aves
Price: Average main course: $16. Cash only
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Jaime B

I biked past Olea for months, and every time I passed it, I made a mental note to eat there. It sits on the corner of a pretty residential block, so it really has that neighborhood bistro feel. There are a few small tables outside, and it's actually pretty well-sized on the inside and VERY romantic. This is a great date spot, although be ready to spend a little more. The menu is tapas style (my favorite!), but they do have a few entrée-sized options. They have almond-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates, which is generally my top 5 favorite dish ever, and tons of other Mediterranean favorites.